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Jax Mandrake

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  1. I was an admin for the KidsWB AOL chatroom back in 1997. It was volunteer, so I wasn't expecting anything. As thank you at Christmastime, the head admin for the chat sent us some Wal-Mart bargain-bin "christmas classics" CD, along with a VHS for the movie Batman and Robin. Y'know, this steaming heap of crap. As far as I know both are still at my parents' house somewhere.

    You should receive an official apology... and a

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  2. It's time to kick a hornet's nest, dear friends.

    I did a quick search of the forums and found another topic concerning bad movies that has been dead for four years, but I wanted to bring up something similar: guilty pleasures.

    Another forum I frequent has a topic that asks this same question, and I want to know: what are the worst games and movies you have in your personal library?

    The first thing you may be thinking is probably "You idiot. If I don't like a game or movie, why would I keep it?" Well, I don't know about you, but I've kept a few such media items because either I like them more than I probably should or just to have them.

    Permit me to share some examples from my movie collection, and maybe I'll get to the games later in the thread. In no particular alphabetical order:

    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (Just to go with the first one)

    Detroit Rock City (I love KISS and maybe one day I'll convince myself to watch this)

    Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (I like it despite its only tie to the FF game series being the name of Dr. Sid)

    Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (I have yet to watch it)

    Flight of the Navigator (One of those I adored as a child but find a touch too cheeseball to watch now)

    Ghostbusters 2 (I got it in a Ghostbusters two-pack)

    Heartbeeps (badmovies.org gave it a skull rating but I still like it)

    Memoirs of an Invisible Man (I just grew into it)

    Mortal Kombat Annihilation (which has already been mentioned)

    Mystery Men (my sister took me to see it in the theatre and I rather enjoyed it)

    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (I can't explain why, but it got me hooked on to Aerosmith)

    The Wizard (is any explanation necessary? I'll also eventually pick up the Super Mario Bros movie like the loser I am)

    I also have an unhealthy number of Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes in box sets and single discs, but can those really be considered ‘bad’ when the riffing is so damn funny?

    Continuing the also, I fail to understand all the Star Wars prequel hate. Please don't try to explain it to me, as I shall fail to absorb it.

    Finally, I could mention a few stand-up comedy discs I've amassed, but I tend to ignore or discard the ones I truly dislike. I do have a few that are collections of clips, most of which is complete drivel with enough diamonds in the rough to keep in my library for now. Maybe sometime I'll start a topic about that subject...

  3. 10 years old + Metroid Fusion + nighttime playing sessions.... that ATMOSPHERE.

    SA-X made things tense... but nothing beats the first time one encounters Nightmare face to horrifying face.

    Also, I recently scraped some rust off my wallet to get the Batman Arkham games on PS3 - double pack of Asylum GotY and City for $20 at a Walmart in Cadillac, MI. Kickass deal. Anyway, the first time I faced Scarecrow and realized the Select button stopped working, I nearly lost my shit.

  4. I also replay certain games every year at a certain time, or at least I used to when I had the free time. I replay Castlevania: Lament of Innocence every Christmas, I replay Metroid Prime every winter (usually in the room with the fireplace), and I'd replay Skies of Arcadia on Dreamcast every summer. I'd sneak a FF7 replay sometime in there too, usually in fall.

    I had the habit of replaying Super Mario World on Halloween for a few years (not so much anymore), and I make it a point to play both of the NES Zelda games at least once a year.

    Back in the days when my NES was hooked up to an ancient 13-inch TV which was slowly dying, I would listen to comedy records while playing. As a result, I have a few wonderful memories linked to certain routines. For example, Bill Cosby talking about going to monster movies with friends and never seeing the monsters because they were too scared to look at them is irreversibly tied to Desert Hill in Super Mario 3 and parts of Mappy-Land.

    That may not necessarily qualify as a "habit" but I still enjoy listening to humour and music while playing games, so similar memories are likely to occur in future.

  5. If this is becoming "I would have ported", then I would have ported Terranigma to the SNES in North America. I also would've done that Tales of Vesperia PS3 North American port we were teased with and never got.

    Agree with Terranigma. In the same thought pattern: both Killer Instincts and Blast Corps would have been on XBox Live Arcade years ago.

  6. Ladles and jelly spoons, I've jumped on the Let's Play train with a playthrough of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

    I had to break it into ten parts due to a fifteen minute video limit, all of which follows an introductory vid. Why'd I do it? Well, what else am I going to do with my time? Be productive in some manner? *Snork!*

    Please enjoy, and then feel free to tell me just how badly I've missed the entire point of Let's Playing or how I can do it better for the next one [barring the acquisition of better video equipment which I can't afford] or precisely how much I bore you, your families and your pets.

  7. I am the Old Mandrake - a month short of 35.

    No women, no exes, no kids; no reason.

    In fact I've reached that point of not even trying. I've long accepted the fact that the only human beings who could find me attractive already have livestock.

  8. Once again, late to the party and hoarding the good low-carb snax...

    I'm making my own video on Metroid and this is part of what I have to say about Other M. It has a few outstanding flaws but it is hardly a bad game. My major problems are the pixel-hunt scenes and the fact that enemies don't drop health and weapon pickups like in every other game. As far as the story scenes, I just skip them and go straight back to the action.

    There are people who like Sonic 06? Where, Bizarro World?

  9. Hahaha well let's see, they did the panel in like January of 2013. Pretty early January. When was it they started Nintendoland?

    The first episode was uploaded Decembre 1, 2012 - so let's call them out. NURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRSE!!!

  10. Hmm, this might be just a massive coincidence... yes, yes it is.

    The Completionist's latest episode reviewed Yoshi's Island...

    and the newest just-uploaded translation of GameCenter CX is both episodes of Arino playing Yoshi's Island...

    and Akago is playing Yoshi's Island now...

    Conspiracy theorists who only need three instances, you may now consider your mind blown.

  11. Update: Finished God of War III - not sure that I like the ending. Origins games next up - when I feel like it.

    Anyway, as I edit my scripts for my (eventual) upcoming show, I remind myself of another instance. I like the LEGO Star Wars games, but in the original, I dread the vehicle stages (Mos Espa Podrace, Geonosis Gunship Battle) because they can be unforgiving. I'm glad they moved the original stages to an optional area in the Complete Saga package and replaced them with decent versions.

    Also, I am definitely not going to even try to get through Super Story Mode. Ever.

  12. I don't do the whole Trophy/Achievement pursuit thing, preferring to play for fun. I did 100% Banjo-Kazooie on XBLA, but that's all so far, although I have gathered most of the Achievements for Borderlands (I've given up on even trying to beat Crawmerax) and BioShock (only ones I've given up are the ones for hitting the jackpot on a slot machine and beating the game on a harder difficulty).

  13. I got the God of War Saga and have been enjoying the hell out of it. I've played through the first two games (never before finished God of War II)...

    and if I ever play them again, I will absolutely dread the bladed columns in Hades (game one) and the bladed columns in the Phoenix's nest (game two).

    So far I've only gotten to Hades in game three - are there any bladed columns in this or the Origins pair that I should fear/despise with every fibre of my being?

  14. I have made resolutions in the past and the vast majority went dumpster hopping without me.

    The last one I was able to keep - for about five weeks - was getting a job, and that was at the end of last year.

    This year, I only have one serious resolution: get a book published. It may not be out of my reach...

  15. This thread has been around this long without a Jim Gaffigan reference? Talk about blashpemy...

    For those who are unfamiliar:

    "I saw this woman who was so skinny you could actually see her ribs, and the only thing I could think was 'I haven't had a McRib in forever.'"

    I'd link to a clip but I'm too lazy...

    Also: "I get all my groceries from Sharper Image."

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